What Is Sin Actually?

What is sin actually?


All my life I thought sin is what we do so I used to repent of my actions. But now I know it is about my heart's condition. Sin originates in the heart first before it manifests in actions.
COVID-19 seems to be the punishment of sin from God. But is it really? Well, for many Coronavirus pandemic may seem to be the judgment of God to destroy the sinners. It is not and I will tell you why because God has already dealt with sin. So, we need to know what sin actually is.
Sin is spiritual in nature. It has to do with heart rather than the behavior. We deal with sin in moral conducts but God looks at it in a totally different way. For us sin is something we do with our actions but for God it is related with our hearts.
Sin is actually the matter of the heart not the actions. The actions we do with our physical body are the only reflections of what is in our heart. Sin originates in the heart. The heart is the innermost part of a person that makes his personality.
We have a physical heart pumping blood throughout the body to keep us alive. The moment it stops beating we die. A person can live without an arm or leg but not without the heart. It’s the main organ that keeps us physically alive.
In the same manner we all have a spiritual heart which affects our both physical and spiritual life. Our action reflects our heart. We are not our body. We are inside our body. Our body is what carries the spirit within us. Our heart is the combination of our spirit and soul.
Your body is the house you live in. The real you is the person who is inside your body. So whatever you do physically is only the reflection of the real you. Your body is only an instrument that you use to express yourself.  When you leave your body it stops expressing you. The real you is the most important factor of your existence because it is what governs your life right now but it also determines what your life will be after death. Your life at present here on earth and your eternity both is determined by your heart.

Keeping of the Heart

What is sin actually?

Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of spring the issues of life.
Proverbs 4:23
Here we have been given wisdom that advises us to keep our heart with all diligence because it is from where our real life is directed and governed. Our life is the direct product of what our heart manufactures. Everything in life is produced by our heart. The New Living Translation of the same Scripture says like this, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”
Every step you take in life is determined by your heart whether good or evil, life or death, blessing or curse. Your body follows where your heart leads. Everything you do in life is actually the result of what is in your heart. Your heart determines the course of your life. That's why we are advised in the Scripture to make sure that our heart is kept well with all diligence.
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.
Galatians 6:7-8 (NKJV)
Your invisible heart is like the Central Processing Unit (CPU) of a computer. You can have the monitor, keyboard and mouse but without the CPU it cannot function at all. Likewise, your heart is the Central Processing Unit of your life. As the software you install in your computer determines the outcomes so the things you put in your heart determines what comes out of you. If you install the software of good news of God’s love and grace in your heart you will produce the same kind of actions and behaviors in your life. But the software you install is the lies of the enemy of your soul then it will produce the same activities in your life.

The LORD Looks At The Heart


But the LORD said unto Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. 
1 Samuel 16:7
It is the LORD talking to the Prophet Samuel concerning anointing a man to be the king of Israel. Prophet Samuel thought that good looking Eliab the son of Jesse must be the LORD’s choice for him to be the king but God corrected him. In this Scripture we understand that man looks at the outer appearance but the LORD on the other hand looks at the heart of man. The LORD looks at your heart.
Now, let’s look at our question again. What is sin actually? I hope by now you must have understood that sin originates in the heart first and then it manifests in the physical actions and behaviors.

In God’s sight sin is unbelief. I mean if you don’t believe in your heart that Jesus is the Son of God and that He was sent by God to save you from your sin, it is sin. The truth of the matter is this, sin is not to believe that God loved you so much that He sent His only begotten Son to take away your sin and to reconcile you to Himself in a love relationship as a Father and child.

The Sin of Unbelief


What is sin actually?

And when He (Holy Spirit) has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me (Jesus); 

John 16:8-9 (NKJV) (Brackets mine)

The only sin that the Holy Spirit convicts the world is a sin of unbelief. When a person does not believe in Jesus it is considered sin before God. Both belief and unbelief is the matter of the heart. Do you believe in Jesus? To believe in Jesus means to believe what He claimed to be in the four gospels of the New Testament in the Holy Bible.

When you believe in Jesus in your heart as the Scripture has said you will be free from sin of unbelief but if you don’t that sin remains in your heart. The only way to get rid of this sin is to believe Jesus and receive Him in your heart as your personal LORD.

We need to understand a very important thing here is the Holy Spirit doesn't condemn but convicts. He convicts the world not the children of God. The Holy Spirit doesn't need to convict the children of God the sin. Every born again child of God has the Spirit of God within them to help them know when they fall into sins and get back to the right track again.

If you want to be free from the sin of unbelief then surrender your life to the Lordship of Jesus the Christ today. He has already forgiven you of all your sins two thousand years ago when He died on the cross for you. You need to believe what He has done for you. And when you do that He will make sure that you are well taken care of in this life and in the life to come.

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